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Wrike provides the robust project management features you need, combined with practical collaboration capabilities your team will love.With Wrike, you... Learn More

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Pricing Starting From

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Wrike

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Free Plan

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Free Plan

Available Features

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Wrike

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Users: 5,15,25,50

Collaborators: Unlimited

Storage space: from 100GB

Hierarchy of projects (folders): Unlimited levels

Manage tasks

Discussions in tasks

File sharing

Real-time Activity Stream 

Spreadsheet View

iPhone and Android apps

Advanced email integration

Basic Integrations Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, OneDrive and iCal

Dynamic timeline (Gantt Chart)

Subtasks

Mass actions with tasks Advanced

Dashboard With custom widgets, 20 shareable dashboards

Workload view

Time-tracking

Reports

Filters Advanced

Email Add-ins Outlook, Apple Mail

Additional Integrations MS Project, Excel, iCal, RSS

Notification center

Custom Fields

Custom Workflows

Critical Path

Progress reports

Custom reports

User groups

Custom calendars

Salesforce

Single Sign On

Extended security controls

Folder permissions

Branded Workspace

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Unlimited Users

Unlimited Projects

1TB Storage

Guaranteed Uptime SLA

Personal account manager

60-minute live demo for your team

Pay-by-check

Free Trial Availability

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Free Trial Available
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Cloudswave Editorial Review

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Wrike Review by Cloudswave

Wrike.com refers to those services that are designed to facilitate collaboration for the people who work together being geographically separated from each other. Such type of work organization is becoming increasingly popular.
For example, it is very common now that the website editor lives in one country, the proofreader lives in another, and the authors are scattered around the world. But this is a real workable and productive team.

Benefits of having the remote office

This approach has a lot of advantages. Let’s name the most common of them.

Savings for the employee

Having the web team, the employer can save on office rent, computers and other equipment. And most importantly there is no expenses on coffee, which is known to be absorbed by the office workers by the ton.

Rich selection of specialists

When using the classical work scheme the employer’s opportunities are limited with the experts who live in one city. However when one builds the web team using the freelance services and other resources it is possible to find some talented, creative or even genius people in in far-off lands.

Good earnings for the freelancers

Of course, such scheme works great for employees also. Instead of working in low-paid job in the hometown, one may find a more worthy use of his creative abilities.

The cons of being a remote team

So there are a lot of advantages. But there are problems also. And this is the main of them: how to ensure the coordinated work of all remote employees and make them to receive the appropriate information quickly and to communicate with each other constantly while working on the project? Maybe the easiest way (which, by the way, is enjoyed by the most companies) is the good old email. Someone creates the mailing list, and all discussions are held within it. Well, this proven method is quite good, and despite its simplicity (or rather because of it), is quite effective. But there are more convenient methods, that are possible due to the specialized software. Wrike.com is the great example.

What is Wrike?

Founded in 2006, Wrike is multilingual online tool for the project management. Its main focus is on user’s collaboration and tracking the complex projects. Wrike makes it easy to track small and big projects, manage deadlines, schedules, staff time, and more. Wrike has good integration with email and popular cloud services (Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, and iCal). Apps for Android and iOS are also available. Wrike Review by Cloudswave
After the registration, the user can see the dashboard divided into two screens. There is a tasks tree on the left side, and the description of the current task on the right. It is possible to group the tasks into projects. So if the task requires more than one action to implement that is the project.
While adding the project the user specifies its name, fills out the description, and adds users that will be involved in it. These users will receive notifications about the new tasks, about the status change of the current ones etc. They also can participate in the discussion of the tasks included in this project. It is also possible to attach the files that can be used by the contractors while working on this project. The files attached to the task can be edited directly in the service interface. Wrike saves the version history, so that any previous version of the file can be viewed here.
Of course, in order to use this system the user must be registered in it. The Wrike.com developers found wise solution, and the process of adding the new contractor to the project is incredibly simple. There is the ‘Assign to’ window where the project manager just enters the email address of any user, whether registered it in the Wrike or not. If this user is already registered, he just gets email notification about the new task or project for him. But if he is not registered, the service automatically registers it and sends the account information by email. Thus, the user does not bother with unnecessary actions and immediately starts to work.

Basic Wrike features

The basic use of Wrike.com for the small teams is free. Each user gets 15 GB for the storing of files related to the projects. It is possible to create and manage the tasks, to invite the collaborators, and to hold the discussions with them. Wrike Editorial Review The system offers three basic views — overview of events, topic folders and reports. The main job is done on the folders tab. The folder structure is created at the user's discretion. It is possible to divide them by projects, by contractors, by topics, by processes etc. Note that the subfolders could also be created. And the tasks can belong to multiple folders at the same time.  When creating tasks, one can not only add the responsible people and set the deadlines, but choose the priority, to create the subtasks.
From the other hand, the functionality of the free account is limited. For example, there are no time-tracking and analytics. Despite these limitations, the free Wrike.com functionality is quite sufficient for the small teams who do not require any special frills.

Advanced Wrike features

For the businesses who are working on the complex tasks with more than five people involved, there are paid plans with extended functionality. There are some great features that are offered for the paid users.

The filters

The filters are very handy tool which can help to put a particular slice of task at a glance. For example you can see only the tasks, executed by a specific user, or incomplete tasks, or the ones that were assigned during the last month. There are also some filters that can help to see the tasks by the last modified date, completion date, task author, creation date, start date, due date, and task type. There is an Activity Stream which can help to track task updates. Using the filters and the Activity Stream one can choose what tasks and projects have to be tracked and what updates are really important. Wrike

Email integration

Actually it is not necessary to visit the Wrike website to work on tasks and projects. Tasks can be added via email by sending the message to wrike@wrike.com. Those users who will collaborate on this task should be also specified in the TO field. It is also possible to add the users who will have the right to manage the task. The SUBJECT field should contain the task title, but it also can be used for adding some additional info to the project. Using the brackets it is possible to specify the status of the task, its start and/or due dates, and the folder/subfolder where a task should be created. The body of the message is used for the task description. If the sender will attach some files to this letter they will be added to the task.
After the email is sent, the service will create the task and send out the notifications to the participating users. By the way, if the task was added to the non-existent project, then Wrike will create it automatically.

Gantt Chart view

The favorite feature of many premium Wrike customers is the Gantt Chart, which is called the Timeline here. It allows planning complex projects as well as strategic long-term tasks. Gantt Chart is effective when the usual tasks lists don't work. Such view makes it possible to monitor the employees’ overload, to redistribute the efforts properly. It’s very convenient that the task dependencies can be viewed. It helps to see the critical long paths and promptly understand what here is the lack of resources.
This view has full drag-and-drop support. Using the hotkey Shift+ScrollUp timeline can be easily scaled from 6 hours to 5 days. Just drag the mouse across the time slot to shift the task terms. Links between tasks are very handy, so if the task due dates were moved this will influence all related tasks. Wrike Review Tasks are written under their time periods. The service automatically takes weekends into account and, if the due date of the task falls on a weekend, informs the user about this. There are filters that help to display the tasks by status and by the contractor.
If you need to edit the task on the timeline, it opens in a popup window, and there is no need to go back to the chart. The additional selection of the entire project on the top of all task pieces is also very handy. And if there’s need to share the timeline with user who doesn't have Wrike account it is possible with the Timeline Snapshot feature.

Conclusion

Wrike is a simple yet powerful system for managing tasks and projects. It helps to keep tasks in one place and always be in touch with the team and clients. This system has become the everyday tool for many small and big companies (PayPal, HTC and Hootsuite are among them) and had already proved its efficiency.
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Most Favorable User Review

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User review from
10
Alex Mayer
Dec 4, 2016

Great tool that speeds up our projects We've been using Wrike just for a couple of months, but it’s already obvious that our work has become faster and easier. To put it simply, with Wrike we can always keep track of who does what at any given moment on any of our projects. So can our clients: when necessary, we invite them as collaborators, and they can see the project status. As most of our projects have a huge design component , we also love Wrike’s capabilities for working with visuals: picture previews in tasks, adding images right in task descriptions and sharing files from Dropbox, which we also use a lot. If you want a flexible, all-in-one project management solution, then Wrike is definitely the way to go.

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Project Management
User review from
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Carl Springer
Feb 15, 2016

Been a Basecamp user for more than 10 years. Our company has embraced this product to manage many of our consulting projects. We manage a few 100 projects in this system at any one time and regularly archive projects as they close down. We've found it to be a great resource that provides all the basic tools need to manage a project, including calendars, file posts, message areas, and to do lists.The user interface is relatively intuitive, and takes minimal training for new staff. Our clients enjoy this as a central place to see all their vital project data, and a log of all the message exchanges and file versions that have been shared time. Most of our clients work for government agencies, and they have very limited inbox space via email accounts. Whereas, Basecamp allows for MUCH larger files (up to 2 GB, but big for us is a few 100 MB), so we can confidently post everything we need to on this site and trust that the client time can get access to it. We have chosen to stick with Basecamp Classic, although they have since released version 2 and 3. Those both look like great products. However, many of our public agency clients lag behind with older operating software and browsers, so we are still hanging on.The newer version has much nicer methods for adding people onto a project or message exchange. More flexible, and less need for admins to intervene.

Pros :

  • All the basic project management feature you need to succeed.
  • The menus and features are relatively simple and easy to learn.
  • It hits the sweet spot that work well for smaller and mid-sized businesses, without getting into more comprehensive PM tools, such as cost tracking systems.

Cons :

  • Not a lot to say here. Again, if you are shooting for a smaller, nimble and powerful set of tools, this is your baby.
  • If you want to have a more complete set of tools, then look elsewhere.

Most Unfavorable User Review

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No unfavorable user review available yet for Wrike.

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  • User review from
    3
    Rebecca Sealfon
    Nov 27, 2016

    Basecamp is a solid project management tool that enables team coordination, team to-dos, shared discussions, shared and organized files, and other features. Its visual presentation is reasonably slick and its interface quite intuitive. andnbsp;I used Basecamp for old projects, but did not stay with it as I found its features were not sufficiently helpful for my small team and Use Case. However, I could log onto Basecamp and use the tool without reading the help guide - the interface of Basecamp was self-explanatory. andnbsp;Basecamp has both free and paid tiers, as well as allowing Users to log in for a free trial.

    Pros :

    • Basecamp is still a solid, actively maintained tool that serves all its stated purposes.
    • It is certainly usable for a project today. Its interface is slick and requires little instruction, although a bit of time to learn how to use. andnbsp;Its features are clearly listed and can be explored on one's own without hitting snags.
    • Basecamp gives plenty of chances to explore the service on its free trial, and the free tier is usable for small teams. andnbsp;
    • It is still continually improving, and its combination of services is a very useful combination for a team to be using. Teams can be well coordinated with Basecamp.

    Cons :

    • When Basecamp was created, it was more useful than it is today.
    • Many of Basecamp's current services are better provided by other tools that have since come to the market. For example, Basecamp's file sharing features have since been developed by Google Drive, Box, Microsoft Cloud and Dropbox, which are more specialized for the purpose and continue to develop new features with more resources behind them than Basecamp. andnbsp;
    • Tools such as Mixmax and even Gmail provide some of Basecamp's shared email services.
    • I haven't been on a professional team that used Basecamp for project coordination, and other tools served the purpose.

  • Most Favorable Critic Review

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    100
    Will Kelly , TechRepublic

    Tuesday 07 May 2013

    With its convergence of collaboration and project management backed by an excellent Microsoft Project file import, Wrike epitomizes the flexibility that many of today's project teams need in a SaaS-based project management solution.

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    Casper Klenz-Kitenge , Cabgfx

    Wednesday 04 April 2012

    The new Basecamp from 37signals is out, and I’ve been using it for about a month now. It’s an amazing product and, pending some minor tweaksandadditions, poised to become the new standard for project management tools to adhere to. I’ve used the original Basecamp (now renamed to Basecamp Classic) for a long time and I always had mixed feelings about it. It did a lot of things well, but as a whole, it often felt like a drag; keeping Basecamp updated became a task of its own.

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    Most Unfavorable Critic Review

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    40
    P. Amil Reddy , GetApp

    Wednesday 16 December 2015

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    75
    Lahle Wolfe , About.com

    Wednesday 31 December 1969

    One of the most popular choices for project management is BaseCamp. The company has a strong consumer following, but has severe limitations when it comes to interacting with clients.

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    • Business
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    • Business

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    Supported Languages

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    • English
    • French
    • Spanish
    • Italian
    • German
    • Russian
    • Japanese
    • Portuguese
    • Ukrainian
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    • English
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    • German
    • Japanese
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    • Polish
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